John Cho is Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek XI.

In a shocking departure from previous casting announcements, the makers of the next Star Trek movie have hired an actor who is older than the actor who created the character. John Cho, of American Pie (1999-2003) and Harold and Kumar (2004-2008) fame, has been hired to play helmsman Hikaru Sulu. Cho is 35, whereas George Takei was 29 when he created the role.

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  • But John Cho LOOKS about 21, so it still makes sense. When I read the reports about the casting and saw his age, I was actually shocked.

    Another really funny guy, though I’ve seen him pull off drama really well.

    Yes, I’m commenting a lot about the Trek stories, but well… let’s just say I’ve been to “Star Trek: The Experience” in Las Vegas 3 times in the last 5 years, and I’m part of a “drinking team” (even though I don’t drink at all, actually) called TEAM FRAKES.